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Life and Legacy

What is the Life and Legacy Program?

We are a partner in the Life & Legacy Program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, coordinated by The United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

Life & Legacy assures Jewish tomorrows with training and incentives to build endowments for Jewish organizations like ourselves, ensuring a bright and sustainable future for our communities.


A gift of endowment ensures that your vision and generosity will impact lives long after your lifetime. 

Leaving a legacy is simple. Some options include:

  • Bequest in a will
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Pension Funds
  • Gift of Cash or Assets
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • A Direct Grant from your Donor-Advised Fund or Foundation

Your LIFE & LEGACY™ Gift will be invested and will provide annual revenue to support our shul for our future generations. We understand that you may have other personal financial and philanthropic goals.  We are happy to sit with you and discuss your ideas. 

Please join us by making a legacy commitment to Temple Israel. 

Click here to learn more.

Click here for a Letter of Intent.

We thank the thoughtful and generous donors who have committed to our Legacy Program:

  • Nancy Bell
  • Selig Corman (z"l)
  • David Jay Ginsburg
  • Gary Ginsburg
  • Linda R.S. Ginsburg
  • Gary Judd
  • Rosalind Judd
  • Robert Kovach - (Camp Givah) 
  • Ilana Kovach - (Camp Givah)
  • Sandor Schuman 

Thoughts From our Legacy Donors

Temple Israel gave me a place where I felt welcomed and safe when I at age 12 moved to Albany with my family.  There I learned of my Jewish faith, heritage and culture and made friends by attending TI’s Hebrew school six hours a week and Camp Givah in the summers.  Those experiences continued post Bat Mitzvah in my teen years where I learned leadership skills by being a counselor at Camp Givah and serving on committees and the Board of USY and LTF.  

As an adult Temple Israel was there for me again providing me with a place to enjoy my Judaism.   Worship, celebrations, and cultural events expanded my Jewish soul and learning. The friends I developed at Temple Israel are lifelong.  They and TI’s clergy supported me when my parents and my husband passed on. Israeli dancing provided my soul (and feet) with connection to my Jewish community in Albany and throughout the USA and Israel that continue in my retiring years.  

So much has Temple Israel brought me. Now it is my turn to give back and enable others to have their own Jewish experiences at Temple Israel by providing a gift of legacy. I merely named Temple Israel as a partial beneficiary of an investment account.    Only a small return on the investment that Temple Israel made in me. 

"Nancy Bell"

Sun, May 26 2024 18 Iyyar 5784